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Hey Useful Idiots,
If you’re like me, it gets a bit awkward when people find out you’re alt-right. They ask you about the podcasts you produce or listen to you, and you tell them: they’re anti-war, they host guests ignored by the mainstream, they critique corporate media like CNN.
And just when you thought that was a safe thing to say, BOOM. You’re outed as the right-wing MAGA fascist that you are. You try to backtrack, tell them no no no, they make fun of everyone, it’s not right wing it’s independent. You even namedrop a shared villain in a final feeble attempt at salvation: “We make fun of Fox News too!”
But it’s too late. Another friend is gone.
This week I’m visiting my girlfriend’s family. They had a guest over who asked me about Useful Idiots, and in my explanation I accidentally committed the old alt-right slip: I told him we make fun of the New York Times and mentioned this week’s sick headline. The conversation died very quickly after that. But everyone knew what had happened. The guest totally thought I was a you-know-what.
And the moment he left, a new nickname for me, the nervous guy hoping his girlfriend’s family will like him, had already stuck: ARM. Alt-Right Matt.
They of course were joking, but the fear is real. In a world that decided everyone has to fall into one of two camps, Shitlib or MAGA, saying you’re critical of mainstream media lands you firmly in one of those camps. And unless you add a whole lot of nuance and backtracking, you’re written off as an alt-right crazy.
So for this week’s Absurd Arena, let’s hear from you. Are you brave, do you share how you feel, proudly and unequivocally? Or are you like me, and avoid telling anyone how you actually feel unless you’re sure they’re not a vote-shaming member of one of those two camps?
Join Katie and Wilson at 12pm est to share how you deal with giving opinions in a world that allows only two classes of thought. But don’t get your hopes up; no matter what you say here, you’re not gonna get any nickname as tough as ARM.
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